03-18-14 News

Newton Upper Falls news, activities and events
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The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going on in our village.  The Upper Falls News is brought to you by the Upper Falls Area Council but it's intended to cover any and all news in the village. 

Where Am I? - Where in Upper Falls can you see this colorful pattern?

History in the Basement - I've heard from a few people that there once was a bowling alley in the basement of The Biltmore, and that there still are traces of it down there today.  While walking past the Biltmore a few mornings ago I noticed the basement door was open so I called down and asked if I could come in for a minute.  Here's a quick snapshot..  You can see half of the old bowling lane runs under a more recent wall.  Here are two of the other lanes.   All of this is particularly timely since we're in the middle of putting together an event called "The Back Alleys of Newton - A Celebration of Newton's Hidden Bowling Alleys" for late April or May.

Get On The Bus (for free)- The School Committee voted last week to drop bus fees for all elementary school students starting next September.  The School Dept changed their rules a few years ago and began charging all students who lived less than 2 miles from the school rather than 1 mile (the old rule).  This has been a sore spot for Upper Falls since all of our kids live in that 1 - 2 mile range from the nearest school.  Many thanks to Mark and Maxine Bridger and others for tirelessly pushing this issue onto the school committee's agenda over the past year.

On the Sunny Side of Upper Falls - Seana Gaherin from Dunn Gaherins Restaurant and Jerry Reilly, your Upper Falls News editor, were on NewTV's "Sunnyside of the Street" nprogram.  The half hour program covered all things Upper Falls.  We talked about the Upper Falls News, Dunn Gaherins, local history, the the Feast of the Falls, the Upper Falls Greenway, the St Elizabeth's Center, the Tour de Newton, our Itty Bitty Library and every other random thing that came into our heads.

They've Been Working on the Railroad - In the last issue we mentioned that a crew of high school students have been working at Newton North on restoring the railroad switches for the Upper Falls Greenway.  To get his crew in the mood at the start of each class, teacher Paul Wagner plays this.

Hey, That's My House -   This Thursday. March 20, 7 PM Historic Newton will present a free lecture on "Workers’ Housing and Mill Buildings: Redevelopment in Upper Falls" at the Newton Library.  If you go, be sure to also check out the display case of historic Upper Falls'obilia just outside the Research section of the library.

Snappy or Regular? - Every Thursday is "Tommy Dawg day" at the Upper Falls Variety store.  Before 11AM on Thursday, Tom O'Shaugnessy serves 99 cent "breakfast sausages".  After 11AM they miraculously become hot dogs.  One surprising detail is that he always serves two distinct types of dogs - regular and "snappy". Tom says that many customers seem to be fiercely loyal to one type and view the other as an horrific abomination before God and man.  Personally, I swing both ways but I lean towards the "snappy".

New Friends in Town - Last month was the first meeting of the Friends of The Upper Falls Greenway.  This month our Waban neighbors on the far side of Route 9 are organizing the first meeting of the Friends of the Quinnobequin.  They're hoping to spark some interest and energy in improving the river-side park land between Rt 9 and Rt 16.  They'd like to invite everyone from Upper Falls to their first meeting on March 27 at 7 PM at the Brigham House in Newton Highlands.

Area Council Meets This Week - The March meeting of the Upper Falls Area Council is this Thursday, March 20 at 7 PM at the Emerson Center on Pettee St.  If you have any neighborhood issues you'd like to discuss or just want to hear what's going on in Upper Falls, stop by. The public is always welcome.

Did You Know .. that the king of hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card?  "Did You Know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by eleven-year-old Upper Falls resident Jayla Reilly.

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Send Us Your News - If you have any upcoming events, activities, news, trivia, stories, anecdotes or jokes related to Upper Falls just send them to news@UpperFallsNews.org and we'll include them in the next newsletter.  For those who prefer living in the past, back issues of the Upper Falls News are archived at UpperFallsNews.org.

'Where Am I?'  Answer - Those three different colors of paint are a spill on the sidewalk on the river side of Chestnut St, just around the corner from Ellis St.  It's been there quite a while and it's a mystery what someone was doing with those three different paints on the sidewalk.  Many thanks to Rebecca Wright for sending in this issue's 'Where am I?"